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Repairing nature with DNA tech

The monumental global task to restore degraded ecosystems will need to include sophisticated technologies such as environmental DNA monitoring to understand and support the recovery of complex biospheres. Genomics provides some important 'weapons' in the fight to repair ecosystems - from authenticating seed sources to improving the detection of invasive weeds or animals.

Jun 27th, 2022

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New artificial intelligence tool to predict protein function

Not only could this new tool help with the difficult job of altering proteins in practically useful ways, but it also works by methods that are fully interpretable - an advantage over the conventional artificial intelligence that has aided with protein engineering in the past.

Jun 23rd, 2022

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Another step towards synthetic cells

Scientists now able to take the next step towards synthetic cells: They introduced functional DNA-based cytoskeletons into cell-sized compartments and showed functionality.

Jun 21st, 2022

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Are the ethics of synthetic biology fit for purpose?

Synthetic biology promises far reaching solutions to human concerns, from averting climate catastrophes to medical breakthroughs. But are ethics keeping pace with emerging technology? The case study of engineered Artemisinin, used to combat malaria, suggests a more nuanced approach is needed to address the ethical challenges such advances bring.

Jun 6th, 2022

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Herpes virus to be weaponized to fight cancer

Viruses can make animals and humans sick - or healthy: Researchers have succeeded in genetically modifying the herpes simplex virus type 1, which triggers painful cold sores, in such a way that it can be used in the fight against cancer in the future.

Jun 1st, 2022

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Discovery offers starting point for better gene-editing tools

New research has big implications for genomic medicine. Scientists have defined with atomic precision a new genome editing tool that is less than half the size of CRISPR-Cas9 - currently the most reliable genome editing system. This new tool would allow scientists to fit genetic editors into smaller viral delivery systems to fix a variety of diseases.

May 26th, 2022

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